As the book club cannot meet at the moment, we are reviewing whatever our chosen book is and sending our thoughts to our convenor who then collates them and sends them out to the members. Although it is not as lively as our usual discussions it is still interesting to know the opinion of the other members.
In normal times, the Book Group meets once a month on a Thursday afternoon in Tarporley. The meetings are friendly and informal and focused on the book or books chosen for that month - which everyone may or may not have read! The programme is a compilation of suggestions from members and everyone is invited to contribute a title or topic and encouraged to introduce their choice, perhaps giving some background to the author and/or title and an insight into why they chose it. Refreshments are taken after the main discussion and members often exchange recommendations for other books they have read or just enjoy socialising over tea and biscuits! A glance at our past and future programmes will show that we choose a wide range of titles - the only declared intention being to nudge us out of our "comfort zone" and read books which are not those we would habitually choose. We pay a small annual subscription to cover room hire charges plus an even smaller annual amount towards refreshments.
If you are interested in joining us please contact the Convenor, via the link on the right.
Since the Group began in October 2013 we have read:
The Universe Versus Alex Woods - Gavin Extence (A quirky, comic and moving debut novel)
Our own choice of title by Ian McEwan
The Hare with Amber Eyes - Edmund de Waal AND When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr (2 memoirs, one for children, sharing common themes)
Our own choice of poetry (this meeting included some self-penned contributions from members)
Dark Eden - Chris Beckett (Science Fiction)
Short stories by Alice Munro
The Old Ways - Robert MacFarlane (Non Fiction)
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (A classic, well known novel, revisited)
Our own choice of Adam Dalgleish novel by P D James (Crime)
Moth Smoke - Mohsin Hamid (A modern novel by a Pakistani born author)
Testament of Friendship - Vera Brittain AND/OR South Riding - Winifred Holtby (Biography/Modern classic)
Island - Alistair MacLeod (Short stories by a Canadian author)
Our own choice of Biography
The Bastard of Istanbul - Elif Shavak (Modern novel by Turkish author)
The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins (Classic detective novel)
Sea of Poppies - Amitav Ghosh (Historical novel by an Indian author)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan (2014 Man Booker prize winner)
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? - Paula Daly (Modern psychological thriller)
Your choice of Bill Bryson book from these titles: Notes from a Small Island (1995); A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003); Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (2006); One Summer, America 1927 (2013)
Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M Auel (Historical/Sci Fi novel)
The Siege of Krishnapur - J G Farrell (Historical novel)
The Irish RM by E Somerville & Martin Ross (Short stories)
Poetry (with Christmas Afternoon Tea)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Modern novel by an Indian author)
How to be Both by Ali Smith (An unconventional modern novel)
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (A companion to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry)
Members' own choice of novel by Agatha Christie
the Whole Day Through by Patrick Gale - (Modern novel)
The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett - (Classic novel of family life)
"You really should read..." - Recommendations from members
Members' own choice of title by Margaret Forster
The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester (Biography)
The Constant Gardener by John le Carre (Thriller)
Dickens! - a novel by him, a biography of him or a title that has been significantly influenced by his writing.
How to be Good by Nick Hornby (Modern novel of family life)
Coffin Road by Peter May (Modern crime thriller)
A Day in the Life of Peter Denisovich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (Russian classic)
Members' own choice of work by Daphne du Maurier (Classic novels, short stories, non-fiction)
Sashenka by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Contemporary/historical fiction)
Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford (Memoir)
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien (Literary fiction)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie o'Farrell (Contemporary fiction)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (Classic)
The Colour by Rose Tremain (Historical fiction)
A God in Ruins by Kat Atkinson (Contemporary novel, companion to Life after Life)
Rose by Martin Cruz Smith (Historical crime thriller)
The Fox-busters by Dick King Smith (Children's book) PLUS a discussion of our favourite titles for children.
January: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (Literary novel)
February:The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Dystopian fiction)
March: Full Tilt - Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy (Travelogue)
and for a change:
April: Wher My Heart Used to Beat by Seastian Faulks.
May: Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky.